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Missouri reaches compromise on Proposition B; drops limit on size of breeding operations

First, voters passed Proposition B — aimed at more closely regulating the sort of big dog breeding operations that had earned Missouri the nickname of the puppy mill state.

Then, the state legislature took steps to gut it, caving in to the concerns of breeders and agricultural interests.

Now, in a move that could put an end to the bitter war that has ensued over Proposition B, Gov. Jay Nixon announced today that he had brokered a compromise solution that will protect dogs as well and business people, according to the the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The agreement incorporates parts of the dog-breeding initiative passed by state voters last November and parts of a bill rewriting Proposition B, passed last week by the legislature, which apparently had no problem ignoring the will of voters.

The new agreement still requires larger cages with outdoor runs for breeding dogs, and annual exams, but it gives breeders additional time to meet new housing standards — and it no longer limits breeders to no more than 50 breeding dogs.

The agreement still needs approval by the Legislature before the mandatory May 13 adjournment of the legislative session.

“People with good minds and good will have come together to develop a Missouri solution to this Missouri issue, and together we have made significant progress,” Nixon said. “I look forward to continuing to work with these leaders as we move this proposal through the legislative process as swiftly and efficiently as possible.”


Comment from Sue
Time April 19, 2011 at 6:18 am

This compromise – if passed – might be a win for the thousands of Missouri dogs living their lives in commercial breeding facilities, however it is a definite loss for Missouri voters who passed Prop B as it was written (with stronger laws for welfare of those dogs.) So much for democracy in this state. (And yes, to my utter shame and humilation, I live in the puppy mill capitol. Obviously, Missouri lawmakers and politicians enjoy that reputation and are loathe to let it go.)

Comment from Foley Monster and Pocket
Time April 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I hope this helps to cut down on the horrible breeding conditions in the country